GRAND PRIX & Special awards
PRIX LEONARDO 2001
 
GRAN PRIX 2001 BEST SCIENTIFIC TV MAGAZINE
  SECRETS OF THE SAND
Ranga Yogeshwar
WDR - GERMANY
Based on a rigorous scientific method and pervaded by an effective
pedagogical-didactical style it almost becomes a poetic metaphor of daily
life: the apparent simplicity unravels in such a complex and deep structure
being full of memories, remote times and spaces so as to make possible the
future inexhaustible source of clean energy.
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GRAN PRIX 2001 - BEST INVESTIGATION FILM
  WORST CASE SCENARIO
Teresa Marshall, Craig Berggold, Margo Harper
National Film Board of Canada- CANADA
The worst case scenario is a model, a happy-ending story occurred in
Alberta, Canada, a state crossed by gas- and oil-pipelines - national pride
for energy supply. The inhabitants of Rocky Mountain House, a rural area
with remarkable environmental value, have been able to take the Shell giant
to a public hearing and to temporarily suspend the drilling of a new highly
flammable and toxic sour gas well.
Apart from the environmental issue, what most struck the Jury is the way
progressive awareness of the problem and subsequent actions were presented. The result is a charming tale showing the reasons of both the inhabitants and the opposite party.
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GRAN PRIX 2001 THE BEST DOCUMENTARY
  HORIZON: SNOWBALL EARTH
Chris Durlacher
BBC Horizon - Series Editor: Bettina Lerner - GREAT BRITAIN
The snowball earth is a controversial theory submitted in the 40s by a
scientist that 600 million years ago Earth lived an extended ice age
stretching to the Tropics. A revolutionary hypothesis that met great
scepticism in the scientific community but that today is largely accepted
thanks to the evidences offered by the on-site research of geologists and
climatologists.
The extremely accurate film rich in beautiful images shows with great
scientific accuracy the 50-year research up to the most recent results while
also transmitting the beauty of discovery and the researchers' tenacity.
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GRAN PRIX 2001 THE BEST DIDACTICAL FILM
  ECOFARM
Bejing Science & Education Film Studio - CHINA
A model, although utopic, of ecologic self-substistency . An example of how
to recover and use waste (in this case pigs dung) for the creation and
management of a wholly self-sufficient farm. Concepts are expressed in a
simple although fascinating way and point out that sustainable growth is
maybe feasible.
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GRAN PRIX 2001 THE BEST FILM ON CLIMATE
  WHAT'S UP WITH THE WEATHER
Palfreman Film Group (for NOVA and FRONTLINE) - USA
What's up with the weather?
This film deals with climatic changes threatening our planet. A correct and objective investigation with events and data that critically summarize the political debate and the economic interests concerning energy comsumption. A critical document to reflect and spur a positive behaviour.
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GRAN PRIX SPECIAL AWARD BY THE JURY
  CAUSES
Joe Brumm - AUSTRALIA
A short genial film confirming the Bertold Brecht's saying 'the world is
more likely to be upset by a laugh than by a tragedy'
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SPECIAL AWARDT BEST FILM ON RESEARCH AND ETHIC
  THE RISK OF SCIENCE
By The University Of Parma
Offroad Reports Gmbh - SWITZERLAND
A film denouncing the interests of big agro-food companies, a soft and
balance denunciation. A reflection going beyond individual cases and dealing
with science freedom.
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SPECIAL AWARD - UNIVERSITY OF PARMA :THE BEST SCIENCE FILM
  HIGGS. HUNTING THE INVISIBLE
Pilotfilm- GERMANY
The prize has been awarded for the original proposal: the presentation of a
team and of its work through an interview. For the 'philosophical' passion
it transmits to the youngsters and for spurring a positive exchange of ideas
beyond markets and trends. And for the ability to tell in a simple,
understandable and involving way.
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SPECIAL MENTION 2001 EXCELLENT INVESTIGATION FILM
  SINCE WHEN MAN IS MAN
Beatrice Sonhuter
Bayerischer Rundfunk- GERMANY
Where medicine works between biology and philosophy, significance and
epistemology, sciences, patents and market, between the search for the
common good and Promethean ubris, the Author iconographically represents in a correct and understandable way the various debated options: her personal choice is not explicitly declared, however iconological elements unveil great civil passion and awareness together with irreducible ethic
determination.